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North Korea says it can launch ICBM ‘any place, any time’ at US, and Washington, D.C. could be target

An intercontinental ballistic missile is launched in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service)
August 03, 2017

North Korea last week launched its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test in July, and in dramatized rhetoric very common of Pyongyang, dictatorial leader Kim Jong Un recently said his country and weapons are ready to attack “at any place and time.”

The ICMB tests are “meant to send a grave warning to the U.S.,” and Kim Jong Un “proudly” said that the tests confirm “all the U.S. Mainland is within our striking range,” according to the North Korean state-sponsored Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Experts say the distance, if travelled at a different trajectory, could reach as far as Chicago or New York City.

A North Korean propaganda photo released in 2013 has recently re-emerged, as it shows a map that might include possible missile targets in the United States – including Hawaii; San Diego; Washington, D.C.; and Austin, Texas, according to a recent report.

North Korea had its first successful test of an ICBM early in July.

On the eve of July Fourth, North Korea successfully tested its first Hwasong-14 missile, and Kim Jong Un reportedly said there are more “gifts” for the “American bastards.”

Its most recent test was July 28. That  ICBM test landed in the Sea of Japan, but experts say it could have reached as far as New York City, based on how long it flew and distance travelled.

Sen. Lindsey Graham recently said that President Donald Trump says there will be war with North Korea over missiles, especially if North Korea continues to aim intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at the U.S.